The past couple of years, I’ve noticed a trend–in myself. I’ve been wanting to stay home and not deal with going out. I’ve been not wanting to host big, complicated events, and it was usually okay if people came to me. Although, lately, I’ve been craving smaller and smaller groups. Of worse? Wanting to stay home, on my couch, alone.
But wait, I thought I was an extrovert. Was I was wrong? My entire identity has fallen into crisis!
- Maybe I was never an extrovert and was always an ambivert?
- That’s definitely what I consider myself now.
- Maybe my extroverted-ness was influenced by my nearest and dearest?
- Thank you, exes.
- Maybe it was my age?
- Do extroverts get less extroverted when they get older?
- Maybe, I’m more into my writing and don’t have the energy anymore?
- My new ‘hobby’ might be taking the energy extroverting used to.
- Maybe, I’m simply overscheduled
- If I just made time to rest, surely I’d be back to normal in a week or so and craving socialization.
And then, a couple weeks ago, it dawned on me, like a person remembering to turn their sound back on after they miss a couple text messages: Social. Media. Is. SOCIAL.
Let me say that again. Social Media Is Social.
Okay, I know, many of you are rolling your eyes at the obviousness of this statement.
But wait, the internet is supposed to be a ‘cheater’ way for introverts to reach out without depleting their energy, right?
Apparently, it depends on how you do it. And how much social media you take part in.
When one tries to continually network and keep up with all the recommended social media best practices, one can stretch themselves a little too thinly. Who knew?
Now, my loyal readers, I’m sure you’re starting to fear this is about to turn into a social media hiatus or blog-cation. Calm thyselves, I’m far more of an addict than that.
But, next time I turn down an invitation to go out, I’ll know who to blame.
Readers, talk to me!
Am I the only one? Or do you find yourself peopled out because of the internet?